The Reading Express have signed Linebacker Michael Thompson to return for the 2012 season. Thompson, who won the team’s Rookie of the Year award for his impressive play in 2011, is one of the team’s biggest stars. He dazzled as a rookie, picking up 80 tackles, including 51 solo, 2.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble during his first regular-season indoors.
Thompson continually became a fan-favorite. His stardom was never so evident than final home game, a June 18 IFL Playoff matchup against the Chicago Slaughter. Thompson led the charge with nine tackles, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown, helping the Express cruise a decisive 76-33 victory in front of the hometown crowd.
“Re-signing Michael was at the top of our list this offseason,” said Mark Steinmeyer, head coach of the Reading Express. “Michael brings a passion and excitement for the game of football each and every week. He became our defensive leader last year as the season progressed and we are looking for great things this upcoming year from him.”
Thompson played college football at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.
Photo by Anthony Skorochod